Thursday, April 16, 2015

Party Hardy at the RT Booklovers Convention - RT Book Reviews Awards Ceremony, Winners’ Reception & After Party!


The highlight of the RT Booklovers Convention is the annual awards ceremony:

RT Book Reviews Awards Ceremony, Winners’ Reception & After Party!

This year the RT awards ceremony, normally an afternoon event, will be turned into a glitzy evening celebration! A two-hour awards ceremony will kick off the festivities as authors take the stage to deliver their heartfelt acceptance speeches while hundreds of fans cheer them on. The awards presentation will be followed by an hour-long reception where fans can mix, mingle and celebrate with the winners. Photo ops will be available with your favorite authors, so be sure to practice your signature selfie pose! Sparkling wine and decadent sweets will be served, adding to the fun. At 10 pm it’s off to the after party, where the celebration will continue with music and dancing until midnight!

The winners are posted online at this link.

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Did your favorite book win any awards?  I loved Elizabeth Boyle's THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE (link) ... and this book won Historical Love and Laughter.   One randomly commenter from this week's posts win a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 19, on my book blog at SOS Aloha (link).

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Party Hardy at the RT Booklovers Convention - Wild, Wild West Steampunk Party

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Ross Martin and Robert Conrad in The Wild, Wild West
Public Domain 

Cowboy meets Victorian on Thursday, May 14, at the Wild, Wild West Steampunk Party:

Start decorating your cowboy hats with gizmo's and gadgets, shine up your goggles, and start shopping for your corsets and western-style skirts. And anything goes for the gentlemen who no doubt will be donning a cool steampunk weapon and ready to capture hearts.

The possibilities are endless for this Steampunk-themed costume party that is sure to wow and entertain all who attend!

Queen Kapiolani, seated third from left, and Princess Liliuokalani, seated third from right, are photographed in an English garden. They traveled to London in 1887 for Queen Victoria's golden jubilee.
Queen Kapiolani (third from left) Princess Liliuokalani (third from right)
in an English garden.  The Hawaiian Royal Party attended
Queen Victoria's golden jubilee.
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I am cooking up a unique costume .... Hawaiian Royalty enjoyed a close friendship with Queen Victoria ... so expect a touch of Paradise!

What would you wear to the Wild Wild West Steampunk party?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 18, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 19 on my book blog at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

'Eli 'eli kau mai - let awe possess me
Steam from Kilauea
Photo by traveldave.com

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Party Hardy at the RT Booklovers Convention - Taste of Texas Romance Rodeo



The RT Booklovers Convention offers evening parties ... on Wednesday night, we celebrate the Taste of Texas Romance Rodeo:

RT’s opening night party is sure to set the tone for a wild Western fun time in Dallas. A Texas barbeque celebration — pulled pork sandwiches and some traditional Texas-style side dishes — will be served up and, for entertainment, there will be line dancing, country music and a mechanical bull! St. Martin’s Press and Grand Central Publishing will each have a “kissing booth” decorated with wood, burlap, gingham and all things country! 

Be sure dust off your cowboy boots, break out the hats and pack your finest Western attire for this fun-filled fantasy evening. And don’t forget your cameras, ‘cause this is sure to be the perfect photo op for your RT Convention scrapbook!

NOTE: Coveralls, hats and gloves will be provided for anyone who is not dressed to ride the bull — so no excuses!

DIAMOND SPONSORS: St. Martin's Press and Grand Central Publishing/Forever

RUBY SPONSORS: Authors J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner), R.K. Lilley, Melody Anne, B.L. Marsh and Cindy Nord and Lori Perkins publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books.

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Would you ride the mechanical bull?  I'll be taking pictures with my boots safely on the floor.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 18, 10 pm.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 19, on my book blog at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Finding Your Tribe at the RT Booklovers' Convention - Mad Hatter Fantasy Tea Party


Jeffe Kennedy always has a cute hat ...
... picture from RT14 in NOLA.

My suitcase is getting fatter with every accessory I need for these fun parties, including the Mad Hatter Fantasy Tea Party:

Come join the fun and mayhem at our Mad Hatter Tea Party with some of fantasy romance’s bestselling writers. Full of games, goodies and giveaways. The first 100 people will get a goody bag — and books!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm


I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's posts.  To enter the giveaway.

1.  Leave a comment about hats or tea ... do you wear hats?  How do you take your tea?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 12, on my book blog at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Finding Your Tribe at the RT Booklovers' Convention - Author Chat: Love, Passion & Action


The RT Booklovers' Convention is a smorgasbord for readers, including Author Chat: Love, Passion & Action!

Join today's hottest contemporary romance and romantic suspense authors Sylvia Day, Liliana Hart, Jennifer Probst, Jill Shalvis and Julie Ann Walker for an hour-long chat about everything contemporary. They'll talk heroes, settings, sex — and more! Bring your questions about their books, their characters, their series, they'll tell all.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm


I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash from this week's posts.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Sylvia, Liliana, Jennifer, Jill, or Julie ... what do you love about their books?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 12 on my book blog, SOS Aloha. 

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Finding Your Tribe at the RT Booklovers' Convention - Scrapbooking Mania


For those who are crafty ... the RT Booklovers Convention offers Scrapbooking Mania:

Join Jennifer L. Armentrout, Rachel Caine, Celeste Easton, Darynda Jones, Jeffe Kennedy, Ciara Knight, and Kim Meyer for a fun and interactive scrapbooking event! No experience necessary. Authors and fellow readers will be on hand to help decorate. Bling it out, go crazy and have fun creating your little piece of RT 2015 history. We'll have all the supplies you need, even a camera and printer so you can create a page from the workshop with your favorite attending author — or better yet, a picture with the entire group. Best of all, you leave the workshop with your ready to autograph, original RT 2015 scrapbook!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Do you keep a scrapbook?  I have one for each of our overseas adventures in the Netherlands, UK, Japan, Korea, China, and Hawaii.   One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 12, on my book blog, SOS Aloha. 

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Finding Your Tribe at the RT Booklovers Convention - Big Fun in a Small Town


For fans of small town romance ... this is your tribe!

Join bestselling authors Victoria Dahl, Nancy Naigle, Brenda Novak, Molly O'Keefe and Sheila Roberts for fun, games and goodies! Learn how they created their towns and get the dirt on all their favorite characters. We'll have a fun quiz to see who knows the most about our favorite fictional towns. Three lucky winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card so you can enjoy a visit on us. We'll also have a door prize drawing for enough chocolate to keep you going all through the conference. And of course, we'll have some books to give away!

Event Date:
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Host(s):
Victoria Dahl
Nancy Naigle
Brenda Novak
Molly O'Keefe
Sheila Roberts

Location:
Lobby Level

Room:
Reunion C


What's your favorite feature of a small town - real or fictional? Today's pictures come from my home town, Safety Harbor, on Tampa Bay.  I like the cozy feel of this Florida small town.

One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 4, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 5, on my book blog SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City